Spiritual Science Meditation

Spiritual Science meditation is not so much a type of meditation, or a meditation technique, as an approach to deep contemplation of experience and knowledge, or perhaps better said: contemplations of knowledge as experience. Before there is any sense in becoming involved in this, you need to familiarise yourself with some of the ideas and writings of Rudolf Steiner . Steiner founded the Anthroposophical Society as well as the School of Spiritual Science, both of which are still very active today. There are many websites and books that offer plenty of excellent information about Steiner's ideas. So I will not go into great detail here.

But you will find only very few sites that focus on spiritual science meditation, even though Steiner indicated in his autobiography that meditation was for him the key to gaining knowledge of the higher worlds and indispensable simply for living a true life. And while he often refers to thinking and to contemplation, in his most important books, such as Spiritual Science, How to know Higher worlds and Philosophy of Freedom, he does not give clear guidance on how to actually meditate.

There are no references to breathing, nor to body scans or body-awareness, as far as I can tell that is. What he does refer to, however, is the need to create moments of quietness in one's daily life, during which to ponder and contemplate in order to distinguish the essential from the non-essential in life. Now this is pretty general and these days we seem to require much more specific instructions as to what to do. In fact, apparently in earlier editions of some of his books he did give breathing instructions, but these were later removed. This is interesting and significant. I think Steiner may have been concerned that people trying out his suggestions would get stuck or hung up on the specifics of those breathing instructions and thereby miss the entire point of what he was trying to achieve. Another significant point is that the very foundation of Rudolf Steiner's world view is individual freedom, in the sense of spiritual freedom. Thus, I wonder whether he avoided giving very detailed instructions to ensure people would not simply try and copy hhim, thereby losing their independence?

Steiner's Spiritual Science meditation flows directly out of his Philosophy of Freedom, in terms of method. He intended to give to the world a purely scientific, methodical, and methodologically sound approach to investigating or examining the spiritual world. Through his Philosophy of Freedom he created a solid foundation for this kind of investigations, purely by developing what he called 'intuitive thinking' or what in the Anthroposophical Society is now called 'heart thinking'. You can read an introduction to this incredible book in my Key to Life.

The key though is that Steiner's meditations are contemplations in which thinking is actively and consciously engaged to develop the whole human being. This is quite different from other meditation techniques that allow thinking to occur, but avoid getting entangled in it, and instead try to simply observe it and let it be. On deeper examination perhaps the differences are actually not so clear, but certainly this is what is striking at first. I have already given an example of Steiner's first 'preliminary exercise' and this gives a good idea of how the thinking mind is actively involved in this form of meditation.

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